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Green Star Eligibility Criteria - Space Use

To meet the Space Use criterion, 80% of a building's Gross Floor Area (GFA) (measured to exclude internal car parks) must be comprised of space types stated as being able to be assessed by the particular Green Star rating tool.

Each space type (e.g. auditorium, wet lab or teaching space) must be documented where requested, including the Energy Calculator, and comply with all criteria applicable to that space type. New buildings as well as refurbished
existing building can be eligible provided they meet all the criteria outlined below.

N.B. The percentage requirements below are for the purposes of eligibility only.  Green Star rating tools assess the entire building unless otherwise specified within individual credits.

Green Star - Education

Buildings primarily used for educational purposes (e.g. primary or secondary schools and university buildings, including libraries) are eligible for Green Star - Education provided that they:

1. Have the following mix of GFA (measured to exclude internal car parks):

  • A minimum of 80% of BCA Class 9b, 8 and 5;
  • A minimum of 50% of BCA Class 9b; and

2. Are not any of the following:

  • Buildings with over 20% of GFA dedicated to retail food service and/or indoor swimming pool(s);
  • Libraries that are not on education campuses.

Green Star - Healthcare

Buildings primarily used for healthcare purposes (e.g. hospitals, medical centres, ambulatory clinics) are eligible for Green Star - Healthcare provided that they have the following mix of GFA (measured to exclude internal car parks):

  • A minimum of 80% of BCA Class 9a, 9c, 8 and 5 (BCA Classes 5 and 8 must be ancillary to the healthcare facility); and
  • A minimum of 50% of BCA Class 9a or 9c.

Eligibility for projects will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Green Star - Industrial

Buildings primarily used for industrial purposes (e.g. manufacturing and warehousing facilities, distribution centres, etc.) are eligible for assessment under Green Star - Industrial provided that they meet the following criteria:

  • At least 50% of the building's GLA (measured to exclude internal car parks) is classified as BCA Class 7b and/or 8;
  • Up to 50% of the building's GLA (measured to exclude internal car parks) is classified as BCA Class 5; and
  • Up to 10% of the building's GLA (measured to exclude internal car parks) is classified as any other BCA class.

Green Star - Interiors PILOT

To meet the Space Use criterion, the project must be a fitout project within a building. The fitout must be classified as one, or multiple space types of the following:

  • BCA Class 3
  • BCA Class 5
  • BCA Class 6
  • BCA Class 8
  • BCA Class 9a, 9b, and 9c

This tool can be used to rate a project with any combination and proportion of the spaces outlined above.

Green Star - Multi Unit Residential

Buildings with two or more residential units and with a minimum of 80% of the building's GFA (measured to exclude internal car parks) comprised of any combination of BCA Class 2 and 1a (ii) are eligible for Green Star - Multi Unit Residential.

Green Star - Office

Buildings with a minimum of 80% of the building's GFA (measured to exclude internal car parks) comprised of BCA Class 5 are eligible for Green Star - Office.

Green Star - Office Interiors

Office fitouts with 100% of Net Lettable Area (measured to exclude internal car parks) comprised of as BCA Class 5 are eligible for assessment under Green Star - Office Interiors.

Green Star - Public Building PILOT

  • A minimum of 50% of the building's GFA* must be classified as BCA Class 9b "assembly building" excluding laboratories and trade workshops; and
  • A minimum of 80% of the GFA* must be a combination of Class 9b "assembly building" and Class 5 Office, excluding laboratories and trade workshops.

*The GFA must be measured to exclude car parks.

Excluding: Stadia, prisons, aquatic centres, and buildings that are eligible to achieve a rating under other Green Star tools.
Buildings with swimming pools will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The Green Building Council of Australia will make individual rulings on other buildings which may not exactly meet the criteria above.

Green Star - Retail Centre

Retail centres with a minimum of 80% of the building's GFA (measured to exclude internal car parks) comprised of BCA Class 6 are eligible for Green Star - Retail Centre.

For the purposes of this rating tool, retail centres are considered to be centres that include:

  • More than one retail business;
  • Common mall area(s);
  • Some common/shared plant; and
  • Shared building infrastructure amongst tenancies.

Retail tenancies and tenant fitouts are not eligible for assessment under Green Star - Retail Centre.